Riding Along with Click it or Ticket Campaign

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

"I've heard all types of excuses as far as I don't wear it if I don't drive too far," Officer Nathan Zuelke said, "or their parents never made them wear it as kids, they are just not used to it..."

Officer Nathan Zuelke has heard it all.

"I get the random seat belt broken, which is always great," Officer Zuelke said, "I have seen ca couple people too obese to fit into their seat belts, which is a whole new problem."

He works for the Rothschild Police Department and let NewsChannel 7 ride along as he patrolled. He says there is no excuse out there not to buckle up.

"If you are in an accident, it keeps you from getting ejected from a vehicle, or partially ejected," Officer Zuelke said. "The main thing about a seatbelt is its keeping you secured to your seat, and also its keeping you in place so if you're airbags deploy they're hitting you in the correct places to keep you from getting injured."

If you think police officers hiding out, looking for lawbreakers is all about having control or reaching a quota, Officer Zuelke says that's not the case.

"It creates a big mess for us, its people getting hurt, you're losing family members, kids, parents, everything else," Officer Zuelke said, "as far as quotas and everything else, none of that really applies."

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